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4 Garage Door Problems & Easy Ways to Repair Them


Roughly 99 times out of 100, a garage door works like a charm — it’s safe,

Our garage doors often operate seamlessly, providing us with convenience and security without a second thought. However, it’s essential to remember that the smooth functioning of overhead doors relies on proper maintenance, prompt repairs and upkeep. While garage door repair emergencies can arise unexpectedly, many issues develop gradually over time. By staying vigilant and addressing potential problems early on, you can prevent minor issues from escalating into major repair emergencies.

Fortunately, there are several DIY maintenance tasks you can perform to keep your garage door in top condition and minimize the need for professional repairs. Regularly inspecting the door for signs of wear and tear, lubricating moving parts, and testing the balance and alignment are simple yet effective measures you can take to prolong the lifespan of your garage door. Remember, proactive maintenance is key to ensuring your garage door operates smoothly and reliably for years to come.

Unfortunately, these won’t save you from sudden accidents you may have. Here are 4 potential mishaps you can have with your garage door that will end with something needing repairs.

You Back into the Garage Door

Let’s face it. You’re not always your best first thing in the morning — especially at 6 a.m. You might back into the door — especially if the door hasn’t risen the entire way or gets stuck in mid position. You might also sideswipe the track or side of the garage. It happens. The fix is usually fairly minimal. If the cost ends up being more than $100 or so, you might be able to get it covered under your auto or home insurance policy.

Garage Door Closes on Your Car

This mishap usually isn’t your fault — but the result of a faulty garage door. Fortunately, your garage door should be able to take the brunt of it without damaging your car. You might end up damaging the track if the garage door springs are tight enough. The door should reverse itself because your car is obstructing the photo eye. Check the door — and your car — for damage and then call a garage door repair professional if necessary.

Your Garage Door Doesn’t Completely Shut

If your garage door doesn’t completely shut — or suddenly reverses itself just before closing — you probably have an obstruction of your photo eye — a safety sensor designed to detect if something is in the way as the door closes. Check to see if the sensors are out of alignment or dirty. Reposition or clean the sensors if necessary.

It’s also possible your close limit switch needs adjustment. This is a safety switch that controls the up and down motion of your door. You should call a professional to have it adjusted.

Your Garage Door Comes Off Track

This happens from time to time. The door comes off its tracks and gets stuck. It’s tempting to just to muscle rig it — force it open — especially if you’re late for work. The problem is you can easily cause extensive damage to both the door and the track — what’s a fairly easy fix suddenly becomes a several hundred dollar repair.

You may be able to fix it yourself — or you might need to call a professional. But if you have to be somewhere fast, call an Uber. It’s a lot cheaper than seriously damaging your garage door!

Replacing the Motor in Sacramento Garage Door Openers

Did the motor burn out in your garage door opener? At our Sacramento repair shop, we get that a lot. It’s a fairly easy DIY repair if you’re somewhat handy with tools and a few choice swear words. Of course, we’d be happy to install a new one for you. But if you should choose to do it yourself, a replacement motor assembly kit can be purchased at most hardware stores. The motor consists of the gear — usually a white tooth wheel — that’s connected to a motor assembly that looks like gray cylinder. You’ll likely have to replace one or the other. You’ll also want to note the type of opener you have, as well as its horsepower. Your average residential garage door opener needs ½ HP motor.